The Swan of Tuonela, from the Four Legends, Op.22 by Jean Sibelius. Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. English Horn solo by principle oboist Marcel Tabuteau. Recorded May 2&3, 1929. This hauntingly beautiful recording comes with a good story. Tabuteau's biographer writes how 'Stoki called him up one morning and said,
"I would like to record the Swan tomorrow." Tabuteau didn't
even have an English horn. He got on the train and went to New York to
rent an instrument. He then came back to Philadelphia the same evening,
sat up all night in his studio making English horn reeds, then went in
the next morning and recorded it'."
Transferred from the original Victor Red Seal 12" 78 disc 7380 by Bob Varney.